CAR-MAKER Bentley in Crewe has saved St Luke’s Hospice more than £40,000 - by lending it staff.
Bentley has been a corporate sponsor of the Winsford-based charity for three years. Due to the recession, production has been put on hold for seven weeks at the Pym’s Lane factory, so the company came up with a novel way of making the most of the downtime.
Staff work on a time bank system - meaning they are paid during the shutdown period but will have to make up their hours when production restarts.They were given an option to use some of their paid downtime to help out at the hospice.
Karen Burns, from St Luke’s, said: “When Bentley asked for volunteers, they were inundated with workers who wanted to help. We have two teams working with us. One group is renovating the hospice garden and the other group is refitting our Hartford charity shop.”
Bentley board member Christine Gaskell said: “This is testament to the team spirit which exists among our workforce.”